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How a FPW26 application behaves at Windows 7 ?

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Hi Experts

I'm going to upgrade to Windows 7 - from XP.
Do you know any contraindication about FPW2.6 applications running on it ?

Thanks in advance
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If the new computer is 64-bit FWP26 won't run. FPW26 is 16-bit.

Other than that, you need to play with compatibility, printer device options to make it work properly.

Don't forget FILES=200 in Environment Variables if you have too many files open in the database.
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by:Eduardo Fuerte
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I'm checking the more suitable version of Windows 7 (32 or 64 bits) could run better at my equipment.
But I don't need to print anything with FPW 2.6
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I am not sure if FPW26 would even run on a Virtual Machine in 64-bit.

I am sure it will work on 32-bit Windows.

According to this website, you can run 16-bit on DosBox or Virtual Machines.
http://itknowledgeexchange.techtarget.com/it-rant/running-16-bit-applications-in-a-64-bit-os/
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64-bit versions of Windows do not support 16-bit components, 16-bit processes, or 16-bit applications
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/896458
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So, I guess one good solution could be dual boot (Windows 7 and XP) - what do you think about ?
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I personally would go for VMware.

If you are thinking of Windows 7 and XP and you wish the application to run on XP, then the machine has to be 32-bit.
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If I well understood  the only alternative viable to stay running FPW2.6 from inside Win 7, even using emulating tools like you've mentioned, is Win 7 32 bits, right ?
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You can install WinXP in an VM.

On 32-bit you don't even need VM. My client runs my 16-bit FWP26 I wrote in 1994 on his Windows 7 without any problems whatsoever. He just had to configure the printer settings.
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I am now writing from 64-bit Windows Vista Ultimate. All my 16-bit software DOS or Windows do not run on this.

I have another laptop 32-bit Windows Vista Ultimate and they run perfectly fine and blazingly fast.
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Do you feel to much performance differences between 32 and 64 bits ?
I tend to use 32 bits to avoid troubles.
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Well my 64-bit laptop is 2 years newer than the 32-bit and is much faster. I don't have a 32-bit and 64-bit same age to benchmark them. I am generally satisfied with the 64-bit. They are both using same OS and have 4GM RAM. The 64-bit can handle the RAM better that's for one.
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Ok.
But  Win 7 (32 bits) ressembles the exactly  behavior of Windows Vista (32 bits) ?
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7 is a repackaged Vista :-)
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So the terms are Interchangeable.... if runs at Vista so do in Win 7 (32 bits)
I'm planning to finally install Win 32 bits to still use my old (and good) FPW26 apps
Ans as you've said before the XP VM  Win 7 (32 bits) is a native feature.
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I'm replying from Win 7 - 32 bits
I've tried FPW 2.6 - that's fine...
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